Artist: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS
Album: LET LOVE IN
Label (Year): MUTE (1994)
For Fans Of: PJ HARVEY, MARK LANEGAN, TOM WAITS
Words by Alice Ding
Let Love In sounds like a film noir-esque Western set in the dingy backstreets of an Australian town. Cave takes the listener on a journey through this dark and sinister place, introducing anti-heroes and mysterious villains such as the Loverman and Jangling Jack. It is a thunderous avalanche of an album, dipping in and out of fast-paced tracks (‘Thirsty Dog’), and then slowing to a funereal pace (‘Lay Me Low’), all the while battling with love, philosophy and religion. Warren Ellis makes an early appearance on this album - his furious, destructive violin playing would go on to be an integral part of the band’s musical arrangement.
There are so many instantly quotable lyrics on this album which has made it one of the best in Cave’s back catalogue, especially from the classic ‘Red Right Hand’; “He'll rekindle all the dreams / it took you a lifetime to destroy”. A seminal masterpiece best enjoyed with a bottle of red in a blacked-out room.